The Hotel Chelsea, once home to playwrights Arthur Miller and Thomas Wolfe, is up for sale.

When it was built in 1883, Hotel Chelsea was the first co-op apartment building in New York City, and the building served as both a 101-unit co-op and 125-room hotel. Throughout its history, it has housed musicians like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, and it was also infamous for the death of Dylan Thomas and the stabbing of Nancy Spungen allegedly by her boyfriend Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.

Hotel Chelsea shareholder and board member Paul Brounstein told the Associated Press, “It is time to let a new owner, with perhaps some new innovative ideas and resources, to re-energise and revitalize the Chelsea.”

Some residents like Tim Sullivan are anxious about the sale, warning potential buyers, “They’re going to have to deal with a hundred people who have lived here 30 years, and we don’t take too lightly to, you know, turning it into a McDonald’s.” Other residents like David Linter aren’t as worried. When asked how he felt about potential changes, Linter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “I’m sure that’ll affect me, but that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being affected by things. I just go with it, you know? I’m a ‘60s guy. I go with the flow.”

To take a look inside the Hotel Chelsea, check out the Associated Press’ video and interviews with residents at http://www.smh.com.au/world/remembered-well-chelsea-is-now-for-sale-20101021-16vyg.html?autostart=1, and read more about the Hotel Chelsea’s history on the building’s website at http://www.hotelchelsea.com/history.php. Also, you can check out other residential buildings in Chelsea at Neighborhood NYC at http://neighborhoodnyc.com/category/chelsea/.

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New York City can be a really fun place for adults to party on Halloween, but trick-or-treating for families can get a little tricky. Some neighborhoods and buildings make more of an effort to welcome trick-or-treaters, and it is important for parents to know these neighborhoods ahead of time so they don’t waste time and the kids have good memories (and a bag full of candy) at the end of the night.

Mommy Poppins, a fantastic website for New York parents, has experience with New York Halloweens, and they have trick-or-treating spots all over the city from Chelsea to the Upper West Side and out to Brooklyn and Queens. We couldn’t do a better job than they did, so we encourage our parent readers out there to check out their Halloween neighborhood list at http://mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/keeping-the-magic-in-halloween-for-kids-in-nyc.

For our readers that don’t have kids or don’t want to go trick-or-treating, never fear. This week, Neighborhood NYC will be featuring the best Halloween events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and believe us when we say that Neighborhood NYC’s Halloween coverage will have something for everyone.

Check out Mommy Poppins, and comment below with your favorite spots to trick-or-treat in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn!

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for actor/singer Justin Timberlake. His performance in The Social Network is garnering Oscar buzz, and he is rumored to be selling his loft in Tribeca and picking up a new penthouse in SoHo.

Timberlake purchased his 3 bed/3 bath loft only two years ago. Located at 414 Washington Street, he is currently within walking distance from St. John’s Park, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Tribeca, and the Hudson River Greenway. According to reports, Timberlake will be moving to the SoHo Mews.

Whether this move is real or not, it is sure to shake up the paparazzi for a little while, and Timberlake’s fans will be flocking to SoHo, hoping to see the famous singer/actor out and about.

Go to http://neighborhoodnyc.com/category/soho/ to check out other residential buildings in the SoHo area, and go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/06/justin-timberlake-moving-_n_752558.html#s151317 to see pictures of Timberlake’s Tribeca apartment.

There have been rumors about Derek Jeter proposing to girlfriend Minka Kelly, and with Jeter putting his apartment on the market, those rumors are looking more likely.

Jeter has been living in his 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath penthouse apartment at Trump World Tower since 2001. He originally purchased the apartment for $12.6 million, and it comes with a chef’s eat-in kitchen, dining room, den, and living room with fireplace.

To see pictures inside the apartment, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/09/derek-jeter-lists-apartme_n_710534.html, and check out other apartments in Midtown East at Neighborhood NYC at http://neighborhoodnyc.com/category/midtown-east/.

Finding and moving into a new apartment takes a lot of work, time, and money. It is supremely frustrating when after all this hassle the new apartment has all sorts of problems, especially after paying a security deposit, first month’s rent, and fees to a broker.

In this week’s Apartment Guru, Bitten and Burned paid out a sizable amount of money for her new apartment, but when she went to move, she discovered that the apartment has a flea infestation and severe water damage in the kitchen. Instead of moving in, she took pictures of the apartment and then compared them to the pictures of the apartment when she went to see it with her husband.

Go to http://wwfefw.rentedspaces.com/2010/09/03/how-to-get-out-of-the-lease-for-a-flea-bitten-water-damaged-apa/ to read Apartment Guru’s advice, and go to Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com to find your next home.

Rented Spaces, The Real Deal, and NY Curbed get a lot of attention on our blog, but we wanted to point out a great news story put together by NY1.

When purchasing or selling an apartment, it can be difficult sometimes to know when you are asking too much or not enough and when to say yes to an offer. NY1’s video and written news story walks buyers and sellers through the negotiation process and offers advice to both sides on reaching a fair deal that will leave everyone satisfied.

To read the full story, go to http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/real_estate/. Also, you can read about residential buildings on our informational website Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.

Treehouse Envy

August 30, 2010

People complain about their neighbors for a number of reasons from noisy pets to loud music or crying children, but this is the first time that I have heard of someone complaining because their neighbor has a really awesome treehouse.

Melinda Hackett already had a few strikes against her with one of her neighbors, and those strikes were her three daughters and two dogs. When she asked Nick Cohen and Ashley Koral to build her a round treehouse, she ran into trouble. The police were called, and they asked if she had a permit for the treehouse. Luckily, Hackett knew an architect who got the treehouse land marked by the city.

As someone who grew up with a beautiful playhouse, I think it is great that Hackett’s kids have a new place to hide out and play. As a New Yorker, I love the quirky design of the treehouse, and I am glad that a cranky neighbor wasn’t able to shut down something this wonderfully creative.

To read more about the treehouse and see more pictures, go to http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703959704575453733137531268.html?mod=rss_newyork_main. To read about residential buildings all around Manhattan, check out Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.

Yesterday, Benjamin James Real Estates’ informational website Neighborhood NYC posted a blog about stopping the spread of bedbugs. The article was picked up by The Real Deal, a major source of real estate news in New York City.

We were shocked to see Neighborhood NYC mentioned alongside articles by the New York Times and the New York Post, so we want to thank The Real Deal for noticing Neighborhood NYC. We put a lot of hard work into the website, and we appreciate the recognition.

To see our shout-out, go to http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/foreclosures-drop-but-delinquencies-rise-and-more, and check out Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com!

The New York City Council voted to approve a new building project named 15 Penn Plaza after rejecting arguments by Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building.

Developers of 15 Penn Plaza say that the building will be 67 stories and stand at 1,190 feet tall. Malkin argued that 15 Penn Plaza will change the New York skyline for the worse and hurt the view of the Empire State Building, but the council was unconvinced, voting overwhelmingly in favor of the project.

Mayor Bloomberg was also unconvinced by Malkin’s argument saying, “Anybody that builds a building in New York City changes its skyline – we don’t have to run around to every other owner and apologize. One guy owns a building, he’d liked to have it be the only tall building – I’m sorry, that’s not the real world.”

To see rendered pictures of 15 Penn Plaza and read more about the project, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/25/15-penn-plaza-approved-em_n_694852.html.

Rented Spaces’ columnist Apartment Guru is a favorite at Benjamin James Real Estate. She gives consistently good advice about difficult situations, and this week was no different. Girl Living Alone wrote in asking for advice for her creepy predicament. She has suspected for a while that her building manager has been letting himself into her apartment with his spare key so he can eat her food and watch her television while she is at work.

Should she buy a nanny cam to catch the building manager in her apartment? What are her rights as a tenant? Is the building manager ever allowed to enter her apartment without her expressed consent? You can find out by reading Apartment Guru at http://www.rentedspaces.com/2010/08/24/apartment-guru-building-manager-lets-himself-in-watches-tv/.

Looking for a new apartment? Check out our informational website Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.